THE 1.6 million Michael Jackson fans who entered the worldwide online lotto for a place at the dead superstar’s blockbuster memorial will learn today if they have won a ticket to the send-off.
The entertainer’s army of followers are already spoiling for a fight, accusing one another of making futile grabs for tickets.
“What a crazy situation. I have applied for tickets knowing full well I could not afford a flight,” wrote one fan on a global fan club website.
Another snapped back: “What is aggravating is so many people have registered knowing that they can’t go or may not be able to go. So now you’re registering and taking the chance away from fellow fans that can go.”
Only 8750 pairs of tickets will be handed out for the Wednesday event and officials have warned against scalping.
Organisers had limited tickets to US residents only, but yesterday opened the pool to fans worldwide.
Promoter AEG has been criticised for limiting access to memorial venue the Staples Centre in central LA during the show.
The event will be televised, but footage will not be shown on giant TV screens outside the centre.
“I don’t see why we can’t come down here and be part of it, it’s not fair,” said Jordi, 24, of Virginia.
Jennifer Hudson is expected to be among the performers at the event and Jackson’s friend Elizabeth Taylor has been tipped to read the eulogy.
Australian guitarist Orianthi Panagaris, 24, who had been part of his comeback tour show, will also play.
The Jackson family has yet to announce full details of the memorial.
Half a million mourners applied for a ticket to the event within seven hours of entries opening.
The memorial website attracted hits at a rate of 120,000 a second for the first 90 minutes.
Over the 32-hour window before registrations closed, 1.6 million people around the world entered the draw.
Winners will be selected at random by computer.
Organisers received 13,000 requests for media accreditation from news organisations around the world. Only 3000 will be allowed into the event.